Bat Boy: The Musical (Musical)
Story & Book by Keythe Farley &
Music & Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe
by Jake Wilhelm
August 7, 8, 14,
15, 21, 22, 2015
Based on a story in The Weekly World News, Bat
Boy: The Musical is
a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature
who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For
lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to
the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is
eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act
like a "normal" boy by the veterinarian's wife, Meredith, and
teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life,
but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded
people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the
machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy.
Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together
from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the
woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives
and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the
shocking story of Bat Boy's unholy origin.
"Big laughs…It's remarkable what intelligent wit can
accomplish—a jaggedly imaginative mix of skewering humor and
energetic glee." —NY Times.
"Smart, playful and funny…a
giggling cult hit" —NY Magazine.
"Outrageously silly and totally
charming." —NY Daily News.
"At the end of the show, you've
been gleefully, outlandishly entertained." —NY Newsday.
"Composed with smarts, staged
with savvy and performed with gusto, Bat
Boy: The Musical is
a winner. You'd be batty to miss it." —Star Ledger
Produced through special
Dramatists Play Service, inc.
Nick Chaney (Bat Boy):
Nick is proud to be making his debut at The Arena Dinner Theatre,
doing his biggest role yet, as Edgar the Bat Boy. You may have seen
Nick in various roles at the civic like Pinocchio in Shrek the
Musical, Victor in Cabaret, and Leaf Coneybear in The
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Nick plans to move to New
York in two years to audition on Broadway. "I would like to thank my
family for being so supportive of my passion, and also anyone
involved in making this wonderful show happen."
(Meredith Parker): Emily is thrilled to be returning to Arena after
a whole season hiatus! She was most recently seen here as Jenny in
Company, and has appeared on Arena’s stage numerous other
times, in Laughing Stock, Boeing Boeing, Arsenic
and Old Lace and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She
has also appeared at the Civic as Marcy Park in The 25th
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Maria in 9 to 5,
and at First Presbyterian Theatre as Catherine Simms in The
Foreigner. Thank you so much to Jake for trusting me with this
crazy awesome (huge) role, to Joel for always encouraging me, even
when I’m freaking out about this (huge) role, to the cast for making
stuff that could have been JUST SO INCREDIBLY AWKWARD into a fun and
hilarious experience, and to my mom for not freaking out when I
summarized this show for her.
Travis Grams (Dr.
Parker): Travis is making his debut at Arena, after appearing in
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Sisters of Swing at the Civic
Theatre and Catch Me If You Can at the University of Saint
Francis. This is his first show with Nick Chaney.
(Shelley Parker): Morgan couldn't be happier to be back for her
second show on this stage after recently closing Daddy’s Dyin’,
Who’s Got the Will? She is both thankful and honored to be
working with such a talented director, cast, and crew. Other recent
performances have been The Merchant of Venice at First
Presbyterian Theatre, Catch Me if You Can at the University
of Saint Francis, and Spamalot at the Civic. Morgan would
like to give all gratitude to her super loving, supportive,
quirky family-you guys rock!
Quentin C Jenkins
(Sheriff Reynolds). This is Quentin C. Jenkins first role at
Arena. You might have seen him in other local shows like
Catch Me If You Can (Senior Ensemble), Will Wonka (Mr. Salt), The
Man Who Came To Dinner (Beverly Carlton), playing with Fire: After
Frankenstein (the Creature), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jackson), All
Shook Up (Warden), You Can't Take It With You (Boris Kalenkhov), The
Diary of Anne Frank (Guard), Jesus Christ Superstar (Priest,
Ensemble), The Will Rogers Follies (Wrangler, Ensemble), and To Kill
A Mockingbird (Sheriff Heck Tate). A film maker,
projectionist, and all around handsome guy. Quentin graduated
from USF in 2012 majoring in communication with a focus in film and
video production. He works for Media 401 as the Key Grip and
for A Party Apart as the lighting and warehouse assistant. In
addition to stage work, Quentin has written and directed for USF 24
Hour Art Fest and the Indianapolis 48 Film Fest.
Jonny Drasko (Rick,
Lorraine, etc.): Jonny is excited to make his theatre debut in
Bat Boy. He has been a vocalist for many years, however the past
four years he has focused on professional fire performance with
Pyroscope Entertainment. He thanks his friends Ash Morimano and
Mason Price for pushing him to perform for audiences in a
Jen Poiry-Prough (Mayor Maggie, Clem, Doctor): Jen is excited to
return to Arena with the opportunity to work with this amazingly
talented cast and crew in one of her favorite musicals. Most recent
roles include Sr. Amnesia in Nunsense (First Pres.), Ruth in
Pirates of Penzance (Pulse Opera House), and Linda in Play
It Again, Sam (Arena). Professionally, she played Katie in Plain
& Fancy and Martha in The Secret Garden (Round
Barn Theatre at Amish Acres). She is a marketing specialist at
3Rivers Federal Credit Union, writes for whatzup, runs a
theatre website, and conducts Wildtree Herbs freezer meal workshops.
She is also the producer of the YouTube series, Sarrazine Has New
Toys. Many thanks to her husband Colby for encouraging her to
audition for this show, to Sarrazine for getting to bed on time (or
trying), and to her in-laws for the babysitting. www.jenpoiry.com
Alexis Craghead (Ruthie, Ned, etc.): Alexis is enjoying her second
season with Arena Dinner Theatre. She is also known for her
appearance last summer in Violet, amongst many other cast
appearances throughout her high school career. As much fun as
performing can be, she does have to make a living by working a 9-5
position. Currently she works as an accounts manager for a company
here in town. She enjoys getting together with family, friends, and
her loving boyfriend Jordon. Alexis wishes to thank the cast,
directors, and crew for all of their dedication and hard work to
make this performance and experience for her such a success and
Prentis Moore (Mrs. Taylor, Rev. Hightower, etc.): Make the perfect
mixture of music knowledge, acting flexibility and
personality...what do you name it?! Prentis Moore. His love for
entertainment started at the young age of 4. This blossomed into the
passion that many have grown to know, love and view in many venues
ranging from headlining shows with his voice to acting in
productions all over the area, including the Civic Theatre, IPFW,
First Presbyterian Theatre, Plymouth and Arena stages, among
others. He was recently awarded the Anthony Award for Outstanding
Lead Male Performance in a Musical for his role as Donkey in
Shrek the Musical and would like to thank EVERYONE that has had
the chance to support and partake in creating this "perfect
mixture"... If you haven't yet, don't miss out. Special thanks to
Debbie, Anaiyah, Madison and McKenzie for being my cheering
section. "Peace to the World."
Olivia Ross (Ron, Roy, etc.): Olivia is making her Arena Dinner
Theatre debut and is thrilled to be a part of Bat Boy! She
received training from the Fort Wayne Ballet, and has also worked
with the Buglisi Dance Theatre and the Radio City Rockettes.
Previous theatre credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
(Civic Theatre) and Catch Me If You Can (St. Francis).
Sending special thanks to all my teachers who supported and believed
in me. Much love to all of my family and friends!
Daren Zachary Call (Pan, Bud, Daisy, etc.): Zack is making his
theatrical debut with Bat Boy, however he toured the country for the
majority of the past 6 years with his band, Downstait. Their music
has been featured on ESPN, VH1, MTV, and can still be heard weekly
on WWE programming. Zack is enjoying his theatrical experience and
hopes to continue performing in the future.
Rosalie Geller (Music Director): Rosalie has her Bachelor of Music
and Masters of Education from Indiana University Jacobs School of
Music. She has taught music in public schools for over twenty-nine
years. Ms. Geller’s career in music education includes teaching at
Churubusco High School, Homestead High School, and currently at
Columbia City High School. Ms. Geller directs the award winning show
choirs “City Lights” and “City Heat”. She has directed over twenty
musicals, sang in several operas, and had leading or supporting
roles in over 30 plays and musicals. Rosalie received Best Female
Lead and Best Supporting Female for roles she played at Arena in the
mid-1980’s. (She Loves Me, and How to Succeed in Business
Without Really Trying). Other theatrical experiences include
acting roles in theatres in Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Fort
Wayne. She is excited to be returning to Arena Theatre as the vocal
director after having such a great experience with the cast and crew
of Violet in 2014.
Ben Wedler (Band Leader): Ben is happy to be back at Arena after
playing for Violet last summer. He has music directed Do
Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Dracula Baby,
And the World Goes Round, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,
The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,
Company and led the orchestra for Violet at Arena Dinner
Theatre. He can also be seen on stage, most recently as Teddy in
Arsenic and Old Lace at Arena. His other acting credits
include Annas the High Priest in the award winning production of
Jesus Christ Superstar at FPT and Cinderella’s Father in Into
the Woods, Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Rev.
Harry Harrison in Shadowlands, The Minstrel in Once Upon a
Mattress and received an Anthony Award for Horton the Elephant
in Seussical at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre. He has recently
music directed Catch Me if You Can, Willy Wonka, Will Rogers
Follies, and All Shook Up at the University of St.
Francis. In 2009 he music directed and performed with the Virginia
Symphony Orchestra in a production of Camelot. He was
recently elected to the board of directors here at Arena Dinner
Theatre. By day he is the music and liturgy director for St.
Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. Ben would like to thank his wife Leah
and children Evelyn and Henry for their support and letting me play!
Joel Grillo (Stage Manager/Set Designer): This is Joel’s first time
working behind the scenes. Joel has loved building and collaborating
with all the experienced staff here at Arena. He would like to thank
Jake for the opportunity to design this set. He would also like to
thank the talented Emily Arata for letting him spend countless hours
at the theatre and not with her. Joel was last seen in Daddy’s
Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will? as Harmony where he won an Arena
Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role of a Play.
Bat Boy will be an experience that neither Joel nor the
audience will ever forget. Thank you to all the actors for making
this a fun production.
Nick Stieber (Stage Manager): This is Nick’s first production at
Arena. He would like to dedicate his work to the memory of Adam